Claude Nougaro and Michel Legrand both met in 1962. Michel Legrand was THE unmissible movie music composer of the 60s, but he is first and foremost the creator of French musical after his collaboration with Jacques Demy.
Jazz inspired both, and they discovered the French New Wave, after what they created the album “Le Cinéma” released in 1962. At the same time, Claude Nougaro was shocked listening for the first time Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo à la Turk” (1959), a creation completely different from usual jazz. In 1966, Claude Nougaro wrote his arrangement and breathless, he said: “J’ai eu besoin de courir et c’est en chantant cette musique que je me suis rendu compte de l’importance respiratoire pour le chant. M’est venue l’idée de mettre les poumons en scène…” (“I needed to run and by singing this song I realized how much important breathing was for a singer. That’s how I get the idea of put lungs on stage.”). And he described a thriller scene. This song has a thunderous beat and flooding words. It deals with the desperate attempt of escape of a crook and pays a tribute to the famous Jean-Luc Godard’s movie starring Jean-Paul Belmondo playing Michel Poicard.
Pierre-Gérard Verny harmonized it, making male voices particularly important because they perform the text with that particular vocal rhythm you should be careful to practice, and perform as a speech, so it would create a better placing. Female voices’ notes are easier and consist in performing counterpoints of the different orchestral punctuation.
This sheet music is one of thos which were ordered by ACJ of Lyon for the Choeurs en creation project. It was performed by 800 choristers (children and adults) on November 5th, 2004 in Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon. Five young composers from Création Musicale XXI association played instruments for Choeurs en creation. They had studied at Conservatoire de Lyon or musicology at Lumière University Lyon 2, then working together with choirmasters who participated to this project, they composed and arranged the specific works for every choir (adults, teenagers or children). All of those works have in common to be based on Olivier Tanguy’s poems (1965-1993). He wrote more than 400 works and many prose texts which were published in “Interventions à haute voix” and “Les cahiers de la poésie” reviews. Jean-Pierre Huguet published a complete version of his works in Saint-Julien-Molin-Molette, Loire. “À la bonté du monde” can be performed in many ways; for example with a homorhytmic chorus performed following the notes written, a canon with two beginnings, a three-choir canon, but also with several voices joining and gathering at fermatas (like they do in pierre Calmelet’s “Alleluia”, ref. ACJ 5088). However, length is not timed, contrary to what Knut Nystedt recommended in “Immortal Bach”. A soloist, a sopranos group, or a children group can hold the beautiful verses. La Cigale in Lyon performed the soloist part for the creation, but it can also be improvised like it’s suggested in the 2nd verse. Régis Harquel was born in 1976 and studied music at École Nationale de Bourgouin-Jallieu. He studied piano, musical training, analyzing, and composing. He learned conducting and studied it at ENM de Villeurbanne, while he studied musicology and learning how to become a professor.